Feb 4, 2016

Review: The Six by Mark Alpert

The SixThe Six by Mark Alpert

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Book description:

To save humanity, they must give up their own.

Adam's muscular dystrophy has stolen his mobility, his friends, and in a few short years, it will take his life. Virtual reality games are Adam's only escape from his wheelchair. In his alternate world, he can defeat anyone. Running, jumping, scoring touchdowns: Adam is always the hero.

Then an artificial intelligence program, Sigma, hacks into Adam's game. Created by Adam's computer-genius father, Sigma has gone rogue, threatening Adam's life-and world domination. Their one chance to stop Sigma is using technology Adam's dad developed to digitally preserve the mind of his dying son.

Along with a select group of other terminally ill teens, Adam becomes one of the Six who have forfeited their bodies to inhabit weaponized robots. But with time running short, the Six must learn to manipulate their new mechanical forms and work together to train for epic combat...before Sigma destroys humanity.

Book review:

I'm not a huge sci-fi fan, but I enjoy a good sci-fi book once in a while. The characters sucked me, along with the battles they and their families are going through with the decision to have their dying / failing bodies replaced with a machine. The teen characters are dealing with whether the "real" person, soul, etc. is still alive in the robotic body with just their mind loaded onto the machine, or did the "real" person die with the body's last death. The teens, after batting years of disabilities, are now having to adjust to a computerized body with their mind loaded into it. Some are thrilled while others are having a harder time adjusting. Of course a villain must come into the book during their personal struggles and training ....

I read this book a while back after it was given to me for review. My 10 year old son and I were in a library a few days ago and I pointed it out to hbim. He read a few pages and loved the story as well. I think he is a little more intrigued with the idea of robotic bodies and the possibilities of science in the future.

Great book, and apparently action packed and interesting enough for a 5th grader too. We are both awaiting a book 2.

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COVER REVEAL for Single by Collette West

Single by Collette West
Contemporary Romance

Underdog Luke "Single" Singleton is yearning to make a comeback. After getting hit in the neck with a pitch—an injury that nearly cost him his life—he has one last chance to play for his hometown team, the Stockton Beavers. But his mom has Alzheimer's, and he's all she has to depend on. How can he pursue his career, much less someone special?

Personal care aide Roberta Bennett is done dating baseball players. Having had her share of heartbreak, she heads to Stockton hoping for a fresh start. But after she finds Luke’s mom outside, lost, and alone, she can’t refuse when he hires her on the spot. Unbeknownst to Luke, Roberta is all too familiar with the violent tendencies of the pitcher who hit him.

Now that they’re living under the same roof, the last thing either of them is looking for is a relationship. But it’s not long before they find themselves drawn to each other. And right when Luke is thinking about finally making a change to his single status, a secret from Roberta's past emerges with the power to tear them apart.




I try not to stare, but from behind, I can't help but admire how her tiny waist comes in over her hips. Her body's supple, strong. There's nothing delicate about her. The corner of my mouth turns up. She could probably kick my ass, and I don't know why, but I like that.

She tosses me an annoyed glance over her shoulder. "Quit it."


"Haven't you ogled my butt enough for one day?"

My cheeks burn again. So she did catch me checking her out on the field. Crap.

She lifts my arm and bends it at the elbow. It would have to be the arm, the one I couldn't move after David Nichols hit me in the neck with the ball. At first, the docs didn't know if I was partially paralyzed or not. Let's just say it was a scary four and a half days before I finally detected any sign of feeling in it.

I gaze up at her. But does she know that?


About the Author

Collette West grew up as somewhat of a jock-nerd hybrid. Entering the world three weeks premature, her dad nearly missed her birth because he had seats behind the dugout for a sold-out, highly-anticipated match-up between two of baseball's biggest rivals. Not to be outdone, her book-loving mom taught her how to read by the time she was three. A love of the game coupled with an appreciation for the written word were instilled in Collette's impressionable brain from a young age. No wonder her characters believe in the philosophy: sports + romance = a little slice of heaven.

Splitting her time between the Pocono Mountains and Manhattan, Collette indulges her inner fangirl by going to as many games as she can from hockey to baseball and downloading every sports romance novel in existence onto her iPad. When she's not clicking away on her laptop, she enjoys walking her dog in Central Park, satisfying her caffeine craving at the Starbucks on Broadway and keeping an eye out for Mr. Right. But above all, she loves dishing with her readers. Email her at collette_west@yahoo.com.

She is the author of NIGHT GAMES, GAME CHANGER and GAME ON.

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Jan 7, 2016

REVIEW Stitch Head # 6 ~ The Monster Hunter By Guy Bass

The Monster Hunter (Stitch Head, #6)The Monster Hunter by Guy Bass

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

My favorite little hero is at it again. Protecting his mad professor (creator) & his castle full of the professor's creatures that Stitch Head used his lotion to make kind. This is the 3rd Stitch Head book that I have read and I love all of them.

As in the other books, the story is packed with humor and action, as well as some bad guy trying to ruin the happy, strange home Stitch Head has maintained for himself and the other creatures ~ monsters turned good. As usual, someone is trying to move in on his family ~ friends and it is up to Stitch Head and his one human friend to save the castle and it's inhabitants.

Full of fun, excitement, creativity, kindness, and lots of fun. Completely love the illustrations and fun, quirky personalities of the characters. I was provided this book free of charge in order to provide an honest review.

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Dec 14, 2015

The Suspects Daughter by Donna Hatch

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Release-Day Grand Finale for
The Suspect's Daughter
By Donna Hatch

We're celebrating the release of The Suspect's Daughter! We hope you enjoyed finding out more about Grant Amesbury, the reclusive Bow Street Runner who has finally met his match, and the Regency era this story is set in. If you missed any of the stops, you can check them out now... 

Launch - Intro to the Book

In this new novel, Grant has met his match. Not only is Jocelyn his perfect opposite--light to his darkness--but she matches him in wit and courage. But Jocelyn has her own problems, and a troublesome man does not fit into her plans.

Bookworm Lisa - About the Book & 5 Fun Facts

The Rogue Hearts Series centers around a noble family with the surname Amesbury, children of Lord Tarrington. Each book is a stand-alone story about each member of the family.

1. The murder plot in The Suspect’s Daughter was based on true events known as The Cato
Street Conspiracy.

"This book was romantic and had a bit of intrigue. I was happy to see glimpses of the Amesbury brothers throughout, still happy and well. Now Grant's story has been told and I can't wait to see where we go next with Donna Hatch. Wherever it is, I will be there. I loved this book. It took me to my happy place!"

I Am A Reader - Why Regency Gentleman Make the Perfect Heroes

Men in many historical eras were civilized and treated women with courtesy by standing up when a lady entered the room, doffed their hats, curtailed their language, offered an arm, bowed, and did a hundred other little things I wish men still did today. 

"I love a good, clean romance, but when there's depth--more "meat" to the story--, I'm in heaven and this book delivers. The reader not only gets a really great, believable romance, but a fantastic story line, full of conspiracy, mystery, and suspense."

"Regency" is the era in England when the Prince of Wales was Regent, or the ruler, in place of his father, King George III who was declared legal unfit to rule due to madness. Because George (later George IV) was the Prince Regent, the period is called the Regency. The true usually when I tell people I write Regency, I get one of two reactions. They either say, “I love Regency” or they say “what is Regency?” I guess to know it is to love it.

"The Suspect’s Daughter has it all – romance, suspense, great characters, skilled writing, and some quite spectacular kisses. I thoroughly enjoyed each aspect of this novel and wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it to fans of historical fiction, particularly the Regency era."

Christy's Cozy Corners - British Titles

Here is a basic rundown on titles. The titles of duke and marquess are usually territorial, meaning they are associated with a specific area of land, such as Duke of York, Marquess of Salisbury, etc. Though the titles of earl, viscount, and baron are most often associated with a territory, they can also be based on a family name, eg Earl of Tarrington. Some titles were bestowed without land so the title is attached to the family rather than to the land that family governs, so to speak.

underneath the covers - Writing Great Kissing Scenes

Great kissing scenes always include a great deal of sensory detail. I try to include as many of the five senses as possible, as well as internalization—what that person is thinking and feeling in his/her heart. I walk a fine line between sizzling chemistry and staying on the “sweeter” side of romance.

Colorimetry - Carriages

To accommodate the Regency gentry or nobility, the styles, paint design, and features of carriages were as varied as today’s automobiles. Image, status, and money, as well as personal taste, were all factors in choosing a carriage. Nobility had their family coat of arms painted on the side of their family coach. A reader may come across a number of different names for carriages, and unless one is willing to do some research, these names may mean nothing.

"From the first pages of this book, I was completely sucked in. I fell in love with Grant and Jocelyn and the type of characters they portrayed. I would recommend this book to anyone."

Wishful Endings - Bow Street Runners

Into this ineffective chaos stepped the Fielding brothers. Henry Fielding was a magistrate who operated his office on Bow Street. In 1750, he and his brother hand picked and organized an elite fighting force of highly trained and disciplined young men known as the Bow Street Runners. Later nick-named the “Robins Redbreasts” for their distinctive red waistcoats, they conducted investigations, including a rudimentary forensics and interrogations. They even carried handcuffs.

"We know Grant helps out with Bow Street Runners, so it was fun to see him in his element trying to solve a mystery. I also liked to see that he had high standards and always tried to do the right thing and help others. Jocelyn and Grant were great together, their relationship built at a believable pace and had plenty of swoony moments."

Singing Librarian Books - ​The Cato Street Conspiracy

​The murder plot in The Suspect’s Daughter was inspired by a true event in England known as the Cato Street Conspiracy.

The early 1800’s in England was a time of social and economic upheaval. Upon the ending of the long-term Napoleonic wars, unemployed career soldiers and sailors flooded the workforce. Industrial change was taking England from a largely agricultural country to one of large industry. Many of the working class were hungry and feeling oppressed. Riots erupted which the government crushed. Laws grew more and more restrictive.

The Suspect's Daughter: Regency Romance (Rogue Hearts Book 4)The Suspect's Daughter
(Rogue Hearts, #4)

by Donna Hatch

Adult Historical Romance
Paperback & ebook, 298 pages

December 15th 2015 by Mirror Lake Press

Determined to help her father with his political career, Jocelyn sets aside dreams of love. When she meets the handsome and mysterious Grant Amesbury, her dreams of true love reawaken. But his secrets put her family in peril.

Grant goes undercover to capture conspirators avowed to murder the prime minister, but his only suspect is the father of a courageous lady who is growing increasingly hard to ignore. He can’t allow Jocelyn to distract him from the case, nor will he taint her with his war-darkened soul. She seems to see past the barriers surrounding his heart, which makes her all the more dangerous to his vow of remaining forever alone.

Jocelyn will do anything to clear her father’s name, even if that means working with Grant. Time is running out. The future of England hangs in the balance...and so does their love.

Donna Hatch 2014

Donna Hatch is the author of the best-selling “Rogue Hearts Series,” and a winner of writing awards such as The Golden Quill and the International Digital Award. A hopeless romantic and adventurer at heart, she discovered her writing passion at the tender age of 8 and has been listening to those voices ever since. She has become a sought-after workshop presenter, and also juggles freelance editing, multiple volunteer positions, and most of all, her six children (seven, counting her husband). A native of Arizona who recently transplanted to the Pacific Northwest, she and her husband of over twenty five years are living proof that there really is a happily ever after.

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Nov 11, 2015

Review ~ The Cat Who Came in Off the Roof by: Annie MG Schmidt

The Cat Who Came in Off the RoofThe Cat Who Came in Off the Roof by Annie M G Schmidt

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


In the tradition of "The Cricket in Times Square" comes this charming tale of courage, friendship, and what it really means to be human. This classic, which originated in Holland and has withstood the test of time worldwide, will appeal to readers young and old and dog and cat lovers alike!

An act of kindness brings shy reporter Mr. Tibble into contact with the unusual Miss Minou. Tibble is close to losing his job because he only writes stories about cats. Fortunately, Minou provides him with real news. She gets the juicy inside information from her local feline friends, who are the eyes and ears of the neighborhood. Tibble is appreciative, but he wonders how she does it. He "has" noticed that Minou is terrified of dogs and can climb trees and rooftops with elegance and ease. . . . It s almost as if she s a cat herself. But how can that be? Praise for THE CAT WHO CAME IN OFF THE ROOF.


Apparently Annie M. G. Schmidt is a well known and very successful foreign writer who first put this story out to the public in 1970 and now again in 2015. Ms. Schmidt is also considered one of the greatest Dutch writers, is alao known as the mother of Dutch theatrical song, & the Queen of Dutch children’s literature. After her death she was honored posthumously in 2007 by being included in the Canon of Dutch History alongside such national Dutch icons as Vincent van Gogh and Anne Frank. Although Schmidt wrote poetry, songs, books, plays, musicals, radio and TV dramas, she was best known for her children’s stories. I did not know any of this when I was given a free copy of The Cat who came in Off the Roof by NetGalley for me to provide an honest review of.

I found hours of pleasure in reading this light hearted book about a very shy reporter and the lady / turned cat who comes into his home helping him to become more successful, and also help other local animals at the same time. The story is great for kids to show examples of caring and doing good thing for others and animals. The cats help the writer by providing facts for his stories that they obtain via the local cat info outlet. There are some great characters with a lot of humor incorporated into how the cats behaive and how their information system works. I am also proud to know the cats get justice while helping their writer friend find his own way to being a better writer. information system works, and luckily the cats get justice while helping their

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Nov 1, 2015

Review: Tales from the Graveyard the Complete Collection

Tales from the Graveyard: The Complete CollectionTales from the Graveyard: The Complete Collection by Susan Shultz

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


I requested this group of stories without realizing I had previously read The Blacksmith and throughly enjoyed it. The whole lot of stories reminded me of the old, eerie stories of love, sacrifice, cruelty, mean people who get what they deserve after attempting to break a good person.

Stories like the ones presented in this collection are what I like to call "Old Fashioned Scary Stories" with a lot of mental torture and anguish that will spook the reader to the core. I liked that the characters are throughly examined and their history is covered explaining the what and why of their murderous tendencies. All great stories to get the reader thinking about how thin the line is between crazy and justified.

I was given a copy of this book for the purpose of providing an honest review/ opinion.

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Oct 23, 2015

Review: Tell the Story to Its End - Simon P. Clark

Tell the Story to Its EndTell the Story to Its End by Simon P. Clark

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Book description:

In this beautiful, haunting debut, a boy is whisked away to the country in the wake of a scandal, and finds a captivating creature in the attic whose attention comes at a sinister price.

"Tell the story to its end," says Eren with a grin.
His yellow eyes are glowing like embers in the night.
"When I reach the end," I say, "what happens? You'll have the whole story."
"Hmm," he says, looking at me and licking his lips with a dry, grey tongue. "What happens then? Why don't we find out?"

People are keeping secrets from Oli. His mum has brought him to stay with his aunt and uncle in the countryside, but nobody will tell him why his dad where his father is. Why isn't he with them? Has something happened? Oli has a hundred questions, and only an old, empty house in the middle of an ancient forest for answers. But then he finds a secret of his own: there is a creature that lives in the attic…

Eren is not human.
Eren is hungry for stories.
Eren has been waiting for him.

Sharing his stories with Eren, Oli starts to make sense of what’s happening downstairs with his family. But what if it’s a trap? Soon, Oli must make a choice: learn the truth—or abandon himself to Eren’s world, forever.

Reminiscent of SKELLIG by David Almond and A MONSTER CALLS by Patrick Ness, EREN is richly atmospheric, moving, unsettleing, and told in gorgeous prose. A modern classic in the making. (less)


I absolutely loved the chill and suspense in Tell The Story to its End. Even the title seemed menacing to me. I received this book free in order to provide an honest review. It is one of the few books I have read that slipped back into my mind for days afterwards.

I loved the use of prose and the whole setting (attic) out away from the city in a old family house. The words flow so beautifully from Erin when he is in charm mode. The idea of beings that have always been around, you don't know if they are good, bad, worse than imaginable, etc. I loved the details of the stories told and Erin's reactions. The fantasy elements and pace of the story had me reading & reading because I had to know what comes next. I wanted to love Erin & go away with him myself at times. Haha. A wonderful book to read if you want to think about things that can get a little surreal. Loved it.

I believe it is a middle aged read, but it does feel quite dark during the later parts. Might cause me some nightmares even. Gives the reader quite a bit to ponder on if you like that sort of thing.

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Oct 15, 2015

How to Navigate Zombie Cave and defeat Pirate Pete by Mick Bogerman ~ Slug Pie story #1

How to Navigate Zombie Cave and Defeat Pirate Pete (Slug Pie Story, #1)How to Navigate Zombie Cave and Defeat Pirate Pete by Mick Bogerman

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Book description:

Armed with a pitchfork, miner’s hat, and map, Mick Bogerman dares to hunt for pirate treasure in Zombie Cave. His little brother Finley is tied up at the beach. Literally--Mick tied him up. No one needs a little brother tagging along when you’re going to slay the undead.
But Mick soon wishes he’d taken some human company with him, because lurking in every corner, reaching from every crevice, is another hungry corpse. No wonder the place is named Zombie Cave! And finding treasure in the twisty tunnels is a lot harder when your map disintegrates. And man-oh-man the cold, dark tide chases fast. But the worst part about fighting off ravenous flesh-eaters is the one monster deadlier than a regular zombie . . . the worst of the worst . . . Pirate Pete.


I absolutely loved this book, laughing all of the way through with Mick's hilarious reasoning. I love the cover illustration which tempted my non-zombie fan 10 year old to read the book too. This laugh out loud (quite gross) book was provided to me by the author for the purpose of giving an honest review. There are some pretty gross descriptions of zombie brains & other gook along the way, adding to the humor of the story.

The characters are typical silly treasure seeking boys on adventure with lots of action and gooey gore packed in. Great read with lots of laughs.

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